Course Modules

Module 1 The Footprints of Yoga; Knowledge and Practice

You are introduced to the work of Vanda Scaravelli. You will connect with the underlying principles of our practice; the historical and philosophical roots of Yoga and the building blocks of energy work. You will explore the foundation positions, standing, sitting and lying and the movements that arise from them. Knowledge of individual poses is deepened through personal investigation and discussion. Your learning of new paradigms in western anatomy starts here!

Throughout the course you will build a portfolio of evidence. This will include marked assignments, teacher and peer observations, evidence of teaching practice and your reflective diary. Your anatomy is evidenced and marked online with class consolidation. Assignments for each module will be supplied at the start of the course.

Assessment is by portfolio, entries to include:

Evidence of an understanding of the philosophical roots of Yoga and of the ideas of Vanda Scaravelli (written or verbal)

Evidence of personal investigation of the foundation positions. Tutor observations of class participation in experiential anatomy

Self development piece ( written or audio/visual) based on your reflective diary entries

Direct contact time: 3 weekends from October to December – 48 hours

Required home study to include asana practice, self reflection, pranyama, study and assignments: Circa 4/6 hours per week

Module 2 Gravity, the Ground and the Power of the Breath

You will go deeper into how working with gravity, connecting to the earth and with the breath can lead to infinite discoveries in your practice. You will discover more about the anatomy of the energy body and working with alignment. You are introduced to the fascinating world of energy channels and gates. You will study the Bhagavad Gita, Tao Te Ching and Patanjali and explore their relevance in today’s world.

Assessment is by portfolio, entries to include;

Tutor observations of your understanding of alignment

Tutor observations of your understanding of working with gravity and the breath.

Written/audio evidence of your knowledge of the anatomy of the spine

Outline of class presentation of an aspect of the philosophy of Yoga

Self development piece ( written or audio/visual) based on your reflective diary entries

Direct contact time: 3 weekends from January to March 48 hours
Required home study to include asana practice, self reflection, pranyama, study. Circa 4/6 hours per week

Module 3  Sharing Yoga

In this module you will be reminded of the underlying values of the course in regards to the art of teaching; ahimsa

You will focus on the preparation for teaching practice, exploring effective and safe teaching and learning. You will explore your own potential in communication and look at the relationship between professional development and finding your strength and confidence.

This module will also consolidate the previous learning, reviewing asana practice, pranayama working with gravity and the art of ‘ undoing the doing’.

This module includes:

  • teaching and learning styles, preparation and planning communication and giving feedback
  • self evaluation, how to continue your reflective practice health and safety
  • energetics of teaching part one, scanning and modelling consolidation and assessment.
  • Assessment is by portfolio, entries to include:
  • A scheme of work for a six week Yoga course with relevant session plans
  • Evaluation of teaching via tutor and peer observations
  • Self development piece based on your reflective diary entries

Direct contact time: 4 weekends from April to July 64 hours

Required home study to include asana practice, self reflection, pranyama, study and assignments: Circa 4/6 hours per week

Module 4 The Matrix of the Meridians

You will explore some of the exciting work in the field of energy work from a modern perspective. Find out how the Chakras are connected to the meridian system and how the ancient Eastern traditions and philosophies connect with each other We learn how Yoga asanas relate to the meridians and their functions, thus deepening our knowledge of the benefits of Yoga. You deepen your practice of the use of sound

Assessment is by a portfolio entry to include:

A practice file of evidence exploring energy work; traditional and modern

Tutor observations of your knowledge and understanding of equilibrium.

Tutor observation of the safe performance and teaching of sequences

Evaluation of teaching via tutor and peer observations

Self development piece ( written or audio/visual) based on your reflective diary entries

Direct contact time:

Direct contact time:   4 weekends from September to December- 64 hours

Required home study to include asana practice, self reflection, pranayama, study and assignments: Circa 4/6 hours per week

Module 5 Tranquility in Movement; the Yin and Yang of Yoga

In this module we explore the nature of meditation, from its roots to modern mindfulness practices. We acknowledge the varied approaches to meditation, their principles, potential pitfalls and examine more closely the role of intention and visualisation in Yoga. We look at the philosophy of Yin and Yang and apply it to personal practice and teaching. You will also learn how to strengthen the core with more complex poses, balances and sequences

Assessment is by a portfolio to include:

A practice file of evidence exploring the use of Yoga to increase our focus and intention

A practical test on the location and function of twelve useful acupressure points Tutor observations
Peer assessment
Reflective diary

Direct contact time: 4 weekends from January to April – 64 hours

Required home study to include asana practice, self reflection, pranyama, study and assignments: Circa 4/6 hours per week

Module 6 The Practice of Teaching

Module Six consolidates both the teaching and the self development aspects of the course. We hope this last module will bring out the best in you and your regard for the art of teaching. We bring together the strands of knowledge of Yoga, the love of our art and our enthusiasm and confidence in sharing it.

This module includes:

  • weaving the strands together – consolidation and review
  • ethics
  • setting up your own business
  • managing group dynamics
  • energetics of teaching part two; using the energy field in class

Assessment is by a completed portfolio to include entries from previous modules, and for this module;

Evidence of teaching practice Tutor observations
Student testimonials
A written self evaluation Course evaluation

Direct contact time: 4 weekends from May to July – 64 hours + 1 day in September

Required home study to include asana practice, self reflection, pranyama, study and teaching assignments: Circa 5/7 hours per week

Holistic Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

Another amazing feature of this teacher training programme is that you get to take the Shiatsu College’s accredited Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology course. (Anatomy in Year 1, Physiology and Pathology in Year 2) Studying anatomy has never been more relevant and enjoyable. Online study is consolidated and experienced in class and you will learn about the fascinating properties of connective tissue, about the concept of tensegrity as well as deepen your knowledge of the body systems.

The course is included in your fees.

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